Dear Folks -
I spent the first part of this "life talk" clarifying the stance I take as a spiritual teacher. I see my teaching as highly traditional which, paradoxically, makes it highly radical. The goal in spiritual work is to be open and honest. The goal of spiritual work is to make us human.
After amplifying of this stance I use a parable of Jesus that has likely inspired as much art and symbolism in the Christian tradition as any Jesus told - the parable of the shepherd who left ninety-nine sheep in search of one who had gotten lost. Like most of the parables Jesus told, this one - when heard correctly - is both offensive and challenging.
The full text I used for this talk is below. There is more content on the audio version.